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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Keep an eye on water, weather trends for early fishing opportunities

Anglers can access daily water conditions at Green River Lake and other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in Kentucky by visiting lake websites (see below). (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)   Spring begins on Thursday, March 20, but most anglers would probably say they want to go fishing now.   It’s been a long, cold winter.   Late winter offers good fishing opportunities...

Texas firm will build first of twin Lake Bridges
in state’s tourism-rich Jackson Purchase area

A $131.5 million contract to build the first of the much-anticipated twin Lake Bridges in the Jackson Purchase area of Western Kentucky has been awarded to Johnson Brothers Corp. of Fort Worth, Texas, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today.   Causeway construction on west side of Kentucky Lake (Photo from KYTC) The project will result in a four-lane bridge to carry U.S. 68/KY 80 over Kentucky Lake...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Fish offshore structures for post-spawn largemouth bass

Larry Williams of Hamlin holds a largemouth bass caught in early summer from Kentucky Lake. Anglers need to move offshore and fish channel ledges, submerged humps and long points that extend well out into the lake to consistently catch hot weather largemouth bass during the day. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   The wet and unseasonably cool weather pattern lately...

Comer to mosquito-plagued Western Ky.: ‘This is a serious problem … help on the way’

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will commit resources to conduct aerial mosquito control applications around Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in an effort to knock down a significant infestation caused by heavy rains in the area. Department officials met with representatives of Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration last week, and the group put together...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: ‘Largemouth bass on the brain’ a common malady these days

Ryan Kausing, fisheries technician for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, holds a big largemouth bass found during population sampling in the headwaters of Barren River Lake. The numbers of largemouth bass over 20 inches in Barren River Lake continue to increase, and spring is the best time of year to catch a trophy. (Photo provided)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   You...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Crappie season is in sight – finally – don’t be left out in the cold

This white crappie was caught from the Jonathan Creek arm of Kentucky Lake last March. With warmer daytime temperatures on the horizon, the crappie fishing season should soon be in full swing. Crappie begin spawning when water temperatures reach the low 60s. (Photo from Ky. Fish & Wildlife)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   This past March set 17 records for lowest minimum daily...

New varsity sport luring Tates Creek High students onto its co-ed bass-fishing team

The bass-fishing team from Tates Creek High School went to Wilgreen Lake near Richmond to prepare for the Region 2 qualifier. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Students who enjoy the great outdoors and the challenge of landing a catch have found a new outlet on their school’s bass-fishing team. While some might be long accustomed to fishing for fun, this organized...

Two Kentucky lakes now home to fewer
Asian carp – nearly 83,000 pounds worth

Asian carp species of concern include bighead carp, silver carp and black carp. (Photo from Kentucky Fish & Wildlife)   Carp Madness Fishing Tournament contestants removed 82,953 pounds of Asian carp from Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky March 12 and 13.   Twenty-one teams of commercial anglers competed in the contest designed to corral the growing population of Asian carp...

Twenty-one teams sign up to help rid two Kentucky lakes of 100 tons of Asian carp

Carp Madness, the first commercial fishing tournament for Asian carp in the country, takes place March 12-13. (Photo from Ky. Fish and Wildlife)   Twenty-one teams from Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee have signed up for the country’s first commercial fishing tournament for Asian carp. The Carp Madness Tournament is being held at Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky March 12-13.   “Our...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: March is the best time for catching trophy smallmouth bass

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   Female smallmouth bass in lakes such as Laurel River Lake, Green River Lake, Lake Cumberland and Kentucky Lake grow hungry in early spring as water temperatures slowly warm to 50 degrees. The water temperatures in these lakes range from the mid to high 40s right now.   James Charas of Lexington holds a 22-inch smallmouth bass caught recently from Lake...

Unique fishing tourney targets high-jumping Asian carp that are invading state waterways

Kentucky will unleash a full-court press against invasive carp during a unique fishing tournament in March.   The Carp Madness Tournament March 12-13 is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. (Photo from Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources) The Carp Madness Tournament will get teams of commercial anglers competing in a contest to corral the growing population of Asian...